Tag Archives: Nature

Story Worlds Nature

9781848574809.jpgEvery picture tells a story. What do you think it is? Observe, inquire and wonder to discover the answers. Throughout this picture book, wordless images tell true stories of nature. The readers get to guess each story while looking at the minimalist animal illustrations showing scenes from around the globe. From puffins, to giraffes, to the simple tree frog, each animal is painted in its natural environment. At the end of the picture book, the story of each picture is explained with a short sentence describing what the animal is doing or experiencing. amo
Title: Story Worlds Nature
Author: Thomas Hegbrook
Illustrator
: Thomas Hegbrook
Publisher
: 360 Degrees; Tiger Tales
Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-944530-01-3
Hardcover pages
: 64
Age range
: 7-10
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Around the World
Subjects
: Animals, Nature

The Last Tree

the-last-treeA small boy lives in a concrete city without grass or trees. One day, he and a friend discover a tiny sapling growing behind a wall. He dreams about the tree growing huge and majestic. But the next day, the front page of the newspaper reads “247-Floor Luxury Condo! Construction to start this week.” He and his friend know they have to dig up the sapling and replant it in a safe place to make sure the last tree survives. This powerful environmental message is further conveyed by artwork rendered in charcoal, gravure ink, gouache, pencil, and digitally. mjw
Title: The Last Tree
Author: Ingrid Chabbert
Illustrator
: Guridi
Publisher
: Kids Can Press. Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Original Title
: Le dernier arbre
Original Publisher
: Editions Fri Mousse
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-728-6
Hardcover pages
: 36
Age range
: 4-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain
Subjects
: City life, Environment, Trees

Wild Animals Of The South

This gorgeous information book looks at animals of South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Antarctica, from flamingoes and okapis to two-toed sloths and Indian peafowl. Most of the wildlife images are accompanied by compelling and often humorous descriptive paragraphs. The accurate representations of the animals from the southern hemisphere really make the book. A note providing more information and an index are included. A companion books is Wild Animals of the North. mjw
Title: Wild Animals Of The South
Author: Dieter Braun
Illustrator
: Dieter Braun
Publisher
: Flying Eye, an imprint of Nobrow Inc, London, New York
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Jen Calleja
Original Title
: Die Welt der wilden tiere: Im Suden
Original Publisher
: Knesebeck GmbH and Co. Verlag KG. Munchen
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-909263-97-0
Hardcover pages
: 152
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book, Information Book, Nonfiction
Book setting
: South America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Author’s residence
: Hamburg, Germany
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Hamburg, Germany
Subjects
: Endangered animals, Southern hemisphere, Wild animals, Wilderness

Prince of Fire: The Story of Diwali

514G9baAZcL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_In this action-packed retelling of Ramayana, a great Indian epic, readers will delight over the triumphs and perils of Prince Rama and Princess Sita. In this culturally accurate Hindu tale, the Prince and Princess battle Ravana, The Demon King of Lanka, with the help of Jatayu, King of the Birds, and Hanuman, the monkey God of the Wind. The bright illustrations show Indian style through intricate details and a vivid palette. At the end of the book there is an author’s note describing the significance of the story in relationship to the Hindu festival of light, Diwali. amo
Title: Prince of Fire: The Story of Diwali
Author: Jatinder Verma
Illustrator
: Nilesh Mistry
Publisher
: Barefoot Books
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English 
Original Copyright
: 2002
ISBN
: 978-1-78285-307-7
Paperback pages
: 56
Age range
: 9-12
Genre
: Religious Epic
Book setting
: India
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: London, England
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Indian
Illustrator’s residence
: England
Subjects
: Diwali, Gods, Hinduism, Light, Monkeys, Ravana, Vishnu,

Stop Feedin’ Da Boids!

stop-feedin-da-boidsWhen Swanda and her dog Waldo move from the countryside to Brooklyn, Swanda misses the wildlife she left behind . . . but not for long. She discovers pigeons and decides to give them a bird feeder all their own. But more and more pigeons come until the situation really gets out of hand. Swanda asks various people for help – the Pest Control Officer, the Zookeeper, and an Exotic Bird Fancier from Peru. They cannot help. At this point her neighbors step in and offer their Brooklynese solution: “Swanda, You Gotta Stop Feedin’ Da Boids!” Swanda is not happy without animals and then she sees a fish in a pet shop window. Vibrant pencil and digitally illustrated artwork add to this amusing tribute to multicultural New York. mjw
Title: Stop Feedin’ Da Boids!
Author: James Sage
Illustrator
: Pierre Pratt
Publisher
: Kids Can Press, Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-613-5
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 3-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Brooklyn, New York
Author’s ethnicity
: English
Author’s residence
: England
Illustrator’s residence
: Lisbon, Portugal and Montreal, Canada
Subjects
: Birds, City life, Fish, Pigeons

Under The Umbrella

under-the-umbrellaIt’s raining and a grumpy man growls at the crowds and the clouds until a sudden gust takes his umbrella. In the distance is a colorful patisserie with a window full of cakes and creams and cookies. The umbrella lands at the feet of a little boy who is looking into the window. The man thanks the boy and offers him a rich, red rhubarb-raspberry tart. Then, the boy carefully breaks the tart in two, giving the man the larger part. Bold, fantastical illustrations that play with perspective, shape, and color accompany the rhyming text which is a delightful read-aloud. mjw
Title: Under The Umbrella
Author: Catherine Buquet
Illustrator
: Marion Arbona
Publisher
: Pajama Press.  Toronto
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Erin Woods
Original Title
: Sous le parapluie
Original Publisher
: Editions Les 400 coups
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-77278-016-1
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: Paris
Subjects
: Emotions and feelings, Friendship, Sharing, Stories in rhyme, Umbrellas

Wild Animals Of The North

Wild Animals of the northThis stunning and fun information book looks at animals of North America, Europe, and Asia, from Kodiak bears and Texas rattlesnakes to European badgers and Japanese Macaques. Most of the wildlife images are accompanied by compelling and often humorous descriptive paragraphs. The highly stylized, geometric illustrations really make the book. A note touches on pollution, climate change, and global warming and the fact that a third of the animals in the book are endangered. Also included is an index of the 80 animals. Also available is Wild Animals of the South. mjw
Title: Wild Animals Of The North
Author: Dieter Braun
Illustrator
: Dieter Braun
Publisher
: Flying Eye Books, an imprint of Nobrow Ltd.  London
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Jen Calleja
Original Title
: Die Welt der wilden Tiere: Im Norden
Original Publisher
: von dem Knesebeck GmbH and Co.  Verlag KG, Munchen
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-1-909263-96-3
Hardcover pages
: 144
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture book. Information book, Nonfiction
Book setting
: North America, Europe, Asia
Author’s ethnicity
: German
Author’s residence
: Hamburg, Germany
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: German
Illustrator’s residence
: Hamburg, Germany
Subjects
: Endangered animals, Northern hemisphere, Wild animals, Wilderness